Safe Stampeding: Giddy Up!

The Calgary Stampede is nearly upon us once again.

Taking place July 8-17, the annual show includes hundreds of events in and around the city, bringing with them all kinds of fun and exciting activities.

But the Calgary Stampede also brings a number of potential hazards to the city, so saddle up and have a quick read of our safety questions.

Keep in mind, our mission is to protect first responders – these safety tips focus on things you can do to help keep them safe on the job. That said, when you create a safer world for emergency responders, you create a safer environment for everyone


– Are Stampede decorations, signs, props and equipment properly assembled and securely installed?

– During an emergency, can first responders safely access your site – and can those in attendance exit quickly and safely?

– Are hallways, stairways and other work areas accessible and clutter free?

– Are decorative straw bales fire safe?

– Does your workplace/event site pose additional hazards during non-business hours?

– Are materials safely stored and marked? Are storage areas accessible?

– Are alarms functioning properly?

– If you are making significant renovations, did you get the necessary permits from the city?

– Can emergency vehicles access your work site/event?

– Have you seen these or other hazards at the events you’ve attended?

If you’ve noticed hazards that concern you, please contact Alberta Occupational Health & Safetyto discuss how these hazards can be eliminated. Help us to create a culture where safety for first responders is an integral part of every workplace, no matter what time of year it is. Workplace safety is everyone’s responsibility.

These are just a few safety questions to consider this Stampede. Please feel free to share more tips and safety discussions in our comments section. Safe Stampeding y’all!

About The John Petropoulos Memorial Fund

About John Petropoulos

John Petropoulos was born on May 13, 1968 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He obtained his Diploma in Criminology from Mount Royal College and moved to Abbotsford, B.C. to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice in 1995. John married his girlfriend of eight years, Maryanne Pope, in July of 1996 and then fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a police officer with the Calgary Police Service in October of that same year.

Constable John Petropoulos passed away in the line of duty on Sept. 29, 2000. John was investigating a break and enter complaint when he stepped through a false ceiling, fell nine feet into the lunchroom below and succumbed to brain injuries. There was no safety railing to warn him of the danger. He was 32.

About the Memorial Fund

After his death, several of John’s recruit classmates set up the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund (JPMF) and raised monies through the sale of memorial pins to fellow officers. Subsequent pin sales, grants, fundraisers and ongoing donations continue to sustain the Fund.

Our safety initiatives offer people tangible tips they can implement in their workplaces and on the roads to help ensure emergency responders make it home safely to their families after every shift.

The JPMF was incorporated as a non-profit society in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on Dec. 29, 2005. It was officially registered as a charitable organization with the Canada Revenue Agency as of March 14, 2011. The legal name is the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund Society and the registration number is 80727 5870 RR0001.

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